It’s easy to get lazy about teaching our children God’s words, isn’t it? Life becomes so full and busy that it goes by the wayside. Some parents are quite content to make sure their children go to Sunday school once a week, but do not feel the responsibility to daily teach their children God’s words at home.
What attitude does God want us to have? Deuteronomy 32:46-47 says: “Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall COMMAND YOUR CHILDREN to observe to do, all the words of this law. For it is not a vain thing for you; BECAUSE IT IS YOUR LIFE.” These are strong words, aren’t they? God wants us to command our children to walk in them. He wants us to teach our children in such a way that they will not only know His words, but they will become their life.
God looked with favor upon Abraham because of how he trained his household. Genesis 18:19 says: “For I know him, that he will COMMAND HIS CHILDREN and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment.”
Do you think this word “command” (which is used over and over again in God’s word) is too strong? Well, you could use another word. The Hebrew word is also translated “charge,” but I think that’s just as strong, don’t you? Obviously, God wants parents to take this seriously. The challenge is: What are we doing about it?
Isaiah 59:21 says: “As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and forever.” Not only do we have to get God’s word into the hearts of our children, but into their mouths. And we have to make sure it passes on from one generation to the next.
Instead of being passive and preoccupied with so many things, lets become passionate about passing on God’s words to our children.
Blessings from Nancy Campbell ~ Above Rubies